Mar 25, 2009

Umno results: Shahrizat is new Wanita chief

Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil is the new Wanita Umno head. Shahrizat, 56, defeated incumbent Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz. She received 507 votes to Rafidah’s 280 votes. The Wanita No. 2 post was won uncontested by Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim.
(Malaysiakini) In a stunning victory, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil today deposed reigning Iron Lady Rafidah Aziz as Umno Wanita chief.

In the final count, Rafidah only garnered 280 votes compared to Shahrizat's 507.

Shahrizat had gone for broke by challenging Rafidah, who had ruled the wing for more than 20 years.

Shahrizat, who did not defend her deputy chief post, needed to win this contest to remain in the political mainstream.

Rafidah was not in the main hall when the announcement was made at 9.15pm.

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